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Start/Bench List - Week 6
Whitney Walters
October 11, 2007
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Start/Bench List by Position
Start/Bench Codes (SBC)
S1: Start 'em Tier One (Stud / Great matchup) U: Upside player (Possible sleeper)
S2: Start 'em Tier Two (Solid matchup) X: No matchup advantage or disadvantage
S3: Start 'em Tier Three (Borderline / Barely) B: Bench 'em (Bad Matchup / Too much risk)
New England (5-0) at Dallas (5-0) Back to top
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady S1

Big game and by far Brady's toughest matchup of the season. This is no Jets, Bills or Browns. His 3-plus touchdowns per game streak ends in Big D this weekend, but he's still a must start.

RB Laurence Maroney X

Maroney has missed two games now due to the groin injury and this week could make it three. Unfortunately for fantasy owners this week his playing status will likely come down to game-time on this late kickoff. If he plays he makes an okay start in a tough matchup. Right now I'd give him a 50-50 chance of playing.

RB Sammy Morris S3 Morris has been outstanding while filling in for the injured Maroney. Even if Maroney happens to play this week, Morris will still get 12-plus carries including the all important ones at the goal-line.
WR Randy Moss S1 Going into TO's house and will likely show him up.
WR Donte' Stallworth B

After a very slow start Stallworth and Brady have started to connect now that he's healthy. This week however he will not win his matchups against the very strong CB duo of Newman and Henry and Brady will look for easier targets.

WR Wes Welker S3

Welker has taken a back seat to Stallworth for the past two games after a very nice start to the season. That trend should reverse itself this week as Welker has by far the best secondary matchup out of the slot against the very beatable CB Reeves.

TE Ben Watson S3

Of the top fantasy tight ends Watson has the most touchdowns (5) and the fewest catches (17). Will always be a prime target for Brady when the Patriots get into the red-zone. Production will not come easy this week against a Dallas defense that's allowed a tight end more than 4 catches or 41 yards only once so far this season.

Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tony Romo S1

Fantasy owners are hoping Romo has the turnovers out of his system now. Romo won't likely keep his 300-yard, 3-TD average going in this difficult and heavyweight matchup, but as with Brady on the other side he's a must start.

RB Julius Jones S3

Here are Jones' touches and yards over five games - 17-77, 16-56, 9-55, 14-63 and 12-41. I'd say the die is cast and you can be pretty sure what to expect from Jones most weeks. This matchup won't be much different.

RB Marion Barber S3

The running will not come easy against the Patriots, but the big Dallas offensive line should win enough battles in the trenches to get Barber some respectable production. And if they get the ball inside the 5-yard line you know who's getting the call.

WR Terrell Owens S2

Three dropped passes last week and only five catches in the past two games. Not exactly how you want to come into this big game and with Moss tearing it up for the other team. I could actually see this matchup going either way. But it's all up to Owens. If he snaps out of his funk and plays well he could have a huge day against the overmatched CB Hobbs. If he doesn't then it could be another disappointing week for his fantasy owners. My gut says that with Moss standing on the other sideline Owens gets it together this week.

WR Patrick Crayton B Crayton has had a nice little two game run and Romo seems more comfortable going his direction. But Owens will take center stage (well, at least co-center stage with Witten) in this matchup and Crayton will be taken out of the mix by CB Samuel.
TE Jason Witten S1

The real #1 target in the Dallas passing attack currently wears a number 82 on his uniform, not a number 81.

Oakland (2-2) at San Diego (2-3) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper B

Lost in the euphoria of his 5-TD outburst in Miami is the fact that he completed only five passes that day for 75 yards. The Chargers secondary has struggled all season but pulled it together last week in Denver. Look for them to do the same this week in another key division game at home.


Lamont Jordan   X

Early word has Jordan an iffy start this weekend. Back injuries typically mean game-time decisions and this will likely be no different. Even if Jordan guts it out and plays he won't be 100% and won't carry the full load against a very tough San Diego run defense.

RB Justin Fargas
Dominic Rhodes
B If Jordan can't go on Sunday or is limited due to the back injury, look for both Fargas and Rhodes to fill in. Neither are fantasy options in this matchup against a stout Chargers run defense.
WR Jerry Porter U

Culpepper may just breathe some life back into Porter's career as he seems to favor going to him. Porter is a talented receiver and if given a chance may just make some noise for the remainder of the season. He can definitely win his matchup with either CB Jammer or Florence.

WR Ronald Curry S3 Curry's production has decreased since his big 10-catch week one game. He may bounce back a bit this week against a somewhat shaky San Diego secondary.
TE Zack Miller
John Madsen

With Culpepper running the show in week four the tight ends didn't have a single catch. That won't likely continue, but Culpepper just isn't a tight end kinda quarterback.

San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Philip Rivers S3 Rivers has struggled at times but in three of the past four games he's thrown for at least 270 yards or two touchdowns. Gates and LT have always helped his performance, but with WR Jackson starting to show some promise things will only get better. Look for another solid outing from Rivers this weekend.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson S1 After three weeks of increase LT's fantasy production took a bit of a dip last week. No worries. It will turn back around this week. The offensive line play is showing signs of improvement and the Raiders allow 130 YPG rushing. LT always plays well against Oakland.
WR Vincent Jackson   S3

Jackson is starting to come around. His size and talent make him a great complement to Gates and LT in the passing game and he's the team's only real big-play receiver. He makes a nice start this week if you need some bye week or injury help. Take away that whacky Miami game and the Raiders have allowed almost 200 YPG to opposing wideouts.

WR Malcolm Floyd
Buster Davis
B This pair occasionally makes a little noise opposite Jackson, but there's just not enough production to go around in this offense after LT, Gates and now Jackson get their cuts.
TE Antonio Gates S1

Even with the emergence of guys like Witten and Clark this season, Gates is still the cream of the fantasy tight end crop.


New Orleans (0-4) at Seattle (3-2)

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New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S3

Well it's not that they aren't trying. The Saints lead the league in pass attempts per game. Trying doesn't count in fantasy football however. It's hard to imagine his struggles lasting the whole season. He's too talented and has enough weapons in the passing game to make this work. When will he turn it around? That's the big question. He has as good a shot on the road in Seattle this weekend as any other time.

RB Aaron Stecker B

Stecker got only 4 carries last week and may not just slide into McAllister's role as many thought. Given that one week it appears the running game is going to sink or swim with Bush.

RB Reggie Bush S2

It seems the "how will they use Bush?" may have been answered by his career high 21 carries and near career high nine catches last week. The answer is "A LOT". As long as that's the case Bush remains a very good fantasy start, especially this week against the below average Seattle run defense.

WR Marques Colston S2

Through all the struggles so far this season Colston has been the most consistently working part of the passing game. Brees will continue to look his way often as he tries to wright this shipwreck of a season.

WR Devery Henderson

Well what do you know, Henderson is alive and CAN hold on to a football. Well, for the most part anyway. May be too late however as word is Henderson will now "play in a rotation" with backups Moore, Copper and Patten. Too bad since he has a great matchup with the highly suspect CB Trufant this week.

TE Eric Johnson S3 Johnson is a great asset to the passing attack and will continue to get plenty of looks from Brees. He has fewer than five catches only once in four games. You could do a lot worse if you need to fill a bye week or injury hole in your roster this week.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2

Hasselbeck should follow up last week's horrible performance with a very good one Sunday night. He'll have all day to throw the ball. The Saints simply don't have a pass rush, sacking the quarterback only once all season. They also allow the highest yards per attempt (9.2) and passer rating by opposing QB's.

RB Shaun Alexander S3

Yes he has a broken wrist and yes he's running "soft" this season, but he's still going to carry the load for the Seattle running game and that means 20-25 carries and a decent shot at a 100-yard game most weeks.

WR Nate Burleson S3

With Branch down for a couple of week the passing game shifts to the improving Burleson. Problem is that means he'll draw the very solid CB McKenzie in coverage most of the night. This is still a decent matchup, just not as good as some may think.

WR Bobby Engram S2

Engram is a familiar target for Hasselbeck and will be relied on even more now that he moves into the starting lineup with Branch out. Good news for his fantasy owners as he'll be matched up against torchable CB's Craft or Thomas.

TE Marcus Pollard U

Pollard hasn't been very active in the Seattle passing attack this season, getting only two looks in each of the past four games. He may be called on more now to pick up some of the slack due to Branch being out. That one game where he got more than two looks? Week one when they were ignoring Branch. He's a longshot, but if you need a fill-in this week at tight end he's worth a flyer.


N.Y. Giants (3-2) at Atlanta (1-4)

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New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning S3

Consistently average at best. He's thrown for over 232 yards only once, under 200 yards twice, more than one TD just twice and at least one interception in every game. If average is what you want, then average is what you will get this week as well against the equally average Falcon pass defense.

RB Brandon Jacobs S2 Returned in a big way last week with a c-note and a score. He even had another touchdown called back on penalty. He looked good and should continue to carry the load. He will also however likely keep sharing some of that load with Ward, limiting his fantasy upside.
RB Derrick Ward B

With Jacobs back and running well look for Ward to shift into more of a 10-12 touch, change of pace role in the running game. He's also still battling a stubborn ankle sprain.

WR Plaxico Burress S2

Despite an ankle injury that just won't heal, Burress is the only receiver to have scored at least one touchdown in each of his first five games this season. Don't sweat his matchup with CB Hall this week. He's not as good as he thinks he is.

WR Amani Toomer B

Went catchless for only the third time in his career last week. Should have no trouble bouncing back to his typical 4-5 catch game against the suspect Falcons secondary.

TE Jeremy Shockey S2

Only three catches in the past two games as he's being called on more for pass protection. That's a big waste of talent and skills and it's not likely the Giants will continue underutilizing Shockey.

Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington B

Had a terrible game last week and got benched. It was not permanent however and Harrington is still the starter in Atlanta. After a very rocky start to the season the Giants defense has settled down and is playing very well - limiting QB's to only 186 YPG in the past three weeks. Harrington's best games have come at home this season, but the loss of his back side protection (LT Gandy) is going to hurt.

RB Warrick Dunn

Dunn should get back on track this week against a much easier opponent. Still not enough to warrant him being anything more than a borderline fantasy start. One of these Sunday's the Falcons are going to come to their senses and shift the bulk of the load to the more explosive Norwood.

RB Jerious Norwood B

It's the same old story with Norwood each week. Tons of talent and big-play ability and never more than 11 touches in a game. All the while averaging 5.3 yards per touch to Dunn's 3.5. Go figure.

WR Roddy White S3

Even in last week's stinker White put up 55 yards on three catches. That's a good sign to his involvement in the passing game and his rapport with Harrington. This isn't an easy matchup but I'd still start White as a WR3 in most leagues this week.

WR Michael Jenkins B

Working Jenkins out of the slot this season has enabled the Falcons to take advantage of his matchups with nickel coverage. This week that advantage isn't all that great against the Giants' secondary.

WR Joe Horn B Still starting for the Falcons but has become an afterthought in the passing game.
TE Alge Crumpler S1

Big game coming on Monday night. The Giants get torched by the tight end every week. This matchup will be no different.

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